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Animation, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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The MFA program in the School of Art is currently going through a period of growth and reorganization which has presented some challenges. Because of this, the Graduate Committee had to make a difficult decision and has decided to suspend admissions into the Visual Arts/Animation MFA program until further notice.

About

What You Will Study

  • Through concentrated study and experimentation, you will focus on your development as a professional artist. Through your interactions with faculty and peers, you will explore ideas and techniques, interact with visiting artists and critics, and broaden your technical, aesthetic, and conceptual understanding of media within contemporary practice. 

Ball State's MFA in Animation will further your abilities in animation filmmaking. Our comprehensive program focuses on traditional and modern animation techniques, storytelling, and film production through the creation of a short film as your thesis project. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of animated films from their conception to realization, learn about the history of animation while considering critical artistic issues, acquire in-depth knowledge of animation software and the elements of digital media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Visual Storytelling

  • Experimental Animation

  • Preproduction

  • Animation Methods

  • Film Production Pipeline - 3D

  • Film Production Pipeline - 2D

  • Film Production Pipeline - Stop Motion

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    53

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs)
  • You must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $60
  • You must submit documentation regarding all prior academic history of higher education
  • Ball State University requires all international graduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, Pearson's PTE, or IELTS score unless eligible for a waiver. A scanned copy of the score report can be emailed to INTADMIT@bsu.edu

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    20322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    7380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7380 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Muncie

  • 876 - 1420 USD/month
    Living Costs

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